Queer China UK

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Queer China UK aims to be a home and incubator for queer Chinese diaspora and allies.

Firstly, building a sense of belonging within our community through all kinds of community events. For example, in 2020 we launched the Chinese Gender-friendly Mutual Support Program to help the Chinese community especially newcomers have a happy and safe time in the UK during the pandemic.

Secondly, to break down language barriers and cultural differences, we aim to make UK-based resources accessible for queer Chinese people. We provide Decolonizing Queer Tours in Mandarin and Cantonese in the landmarks like the British Museum, National Gallery and West End, which are our popular services. People can understand the hidden queer stories without worrying about language. Besides, we add cultural sensitivity to the tourism narratives to make the audience feel their connection with the West. We also have a translation volunteer team to provide interpretation for our English-speaking events.

Thirdly, facilitate the connectivity and communication between the Chinese queer community and other communities with different cultural backgrounds. We have launched UK-China Queer Dialogue Series, which mainly provides the platform for knowledge exchanges, skill-sharing and alliance building between the Western and Chinese LGBTQ+ communities.

Fourthly, we launch community-focused queer art programmes to empower our community. We have successfully launched several art programmes in the past two years. It includes:

  1. Community-focused Queer Chinese Art Festival 2021 in London, venue supported by UK Black Pride and Moonlight Experiences, aims to amplify the voices of emerging artists through a hybrid events including screenings, exhibitions, talks, podcast and performance.
  2. Completed a documentary & photography project, Safe Distance, documenting the lives of Queer Chinese in UK under COVID-19. We organized the screenings at the British Library, Bishopsgate Institute, Cinema Museum, University of Oxford, University of Bristol, KPMG and more, and the photography exhibition at LSE library.
  3. The Creatives Network, a group of East Asian queer and women creatives. We maintain the network to support our community of people working in the creative industries. We connect people with different experiences and backgrounds by arranging weekly or fortnightly social events, workshops or knowledge sharing sessions, and mentorship.
  4. The History of queer Chinese in UK heritage programme and UK queer Chinese cultural festival (idea stage).

 

Finally, an incubator for creative initiatives and campaigning. We are launching the queer Chinese society incubator programme, to support the students in building related society or launching campaign at their universities.

Services provided for

  1. All LGBT+ Communities
  2. Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities
  3. Young People

Key areas of work

  1. Advocacy
  2. Arts
  3. Befriending/1:1
  4. Campaigning/Activism
  5. Events
  6. Gender
  7. Immigration
  8. Infrastructure/Community Development
  9. Networks
  10. Resource Library
  11. Self-help/Support Group
  12. Training

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